BENGALURU FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 40 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA FALLS DOWN 2 SPOTS IN WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX Shujaat Bukhari It was ranked 140 out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis released on Thursday Kin of J&K journo Bukhari grieve after he was killed by terrorists in 2018 HAD OCCUPIED THE SAME SPOT IN 2013, 14 AFGHANISTAN, UAE AHEAD OF US At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018, the NGO noted, and alleged that coordinated hate campaigns are “waged on social networks against journalists who dare to write about subjects that aggravate Hindutva followers”. India occupied the same 140th spot in 2013 and 2014 as well ■ ■ Norway topped the ranking for the third year in a row, and was followed by Nordic neighbours Finland and Sweden Pakistan dropped three places to 142 and Bangladesh went down four spots to 150. But countries like Afghanistan (121), UAE (133) and Chad (122) were ranked ahead of India P10 179th RANK NORTH KOREA CLIMBED A SPOT TO 179; NEIGHBOUR CHINA WAS RANKED 177 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ELSEWHERE The second phase of Lok Sabha elections in which 95 constituencies in 12 states and Union territories went to the polls witnessed 66% voter participation 40% TURNOUT in J&K, the lowest in the country—65% participation in Udhampur and just 15% in Srinagar VIOLENCE IN BENGAL Some incidents of violence, road blockades, bombings and police firing marred polling in the three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that recorded 76.07% turnout. Bombs were hurled by unknown miscreants in Chopra where the CPM candidate said his car was ransacked MAHA, CHHATTISGARH Maharashtra recorded 62.3% polling in 10 seats, while Chhattisgarh averaged 71% for three seats amid tight security against Maoists HIGH POLLING IN ASSAM In Assam, turnout was 73.32% for five seats. Voting was stalled in two booths of Inner Manipur constituency following violence over alleged proxy voting amid 74.3% turnout WITH THIS ISSUE CITY’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 40 PAGES, INCLUDING 24 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) KARNATAKA TEACHES ITS CAPITAL HOW TO VOTE MIA: Bangalore Votes With its Feet, Only 50 % Merit list: Mandya 80+, Hassan, Tumkur 77+ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru FOR all the urbane, educated and a huge brigade of young voters Bengaluru can boast of, it was a big let down on Thursday yet again. All four parliamentary constituencies recorded voter turnout which was lesser than the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, pulling down the state average drastically . Bangalore Central, in particular, polled the lowest among all 14 seats that went to polls in Karnataka on Thursday . The high-pitched battle between BJP’s P C Mohan, Congress-JD(S) joint candidate Rizwan Arshad and Inde pendent candidate Prakash Raj turned out to be quite a damp squib with barely 50.84% voters tur ning up at polling booths. The urban disconnect with the polling process continued with Bangalore Rural emerging the highest polling seat among the four with 64.09%. This was however still lower than the 2014 turnout of 66.45%. CM HD Kumaraswamy, his wife Anitha, son Nikhil, all from JD(S), cast their votes for Bangalore Rural Cong candidate | EXPRESS Sumalatha Ambareesh, Mandya Lok Sabha seat independent candidate, after exercising her franchise | SHRIRAM B N “The performance is actually better than other metro cities like Hyderabad,” said Sanjiv Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer. Perhaps, that was the only solace. Bangalore South, which witnessed brisk voting on Thursday morning, registered a total turnout of 54.2% as compared to P6 55.75% in 2014. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru VOTERS of Mandya Lok Sabha seat lived up to the hype around the intense battle for legacy regis, tereing a turnout of 80.23% — the only constituency to cross the 80% mark. In Karnataka, 14 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats went to 2019 polls on Thursday register, LOK SABHA ELECTION VOTERS ENRAGED AS NAMES GO MISSING Bengalureans were livid on Thursday. Thousands of names were simply missing from the voters’ list. What existed on the ID cards was found nonexistent at the polling booth. Most of the complaints were received from Bangalore South and Central constituencies. But all that the poll officials were ready to say was: “If we get individual complaints, we will look into them.” P4 ing a total turnout of 68.05%. The high-pitched battle and vitriolic that flowed in Mandya between BJP-backed independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumar seems to have drawn voters to the polling booths. While polling in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll stood at 71.47%, it jumped by more than 8% this time around. Similar trends were witnessed in Hassan, the turf of the H D Deve Gowda clan, and Tumkur from where the former PM himself is contesting. Hassan recorded a turnout of 77.28% as compared to 73.49% in 2014, while Tumkur saw 77.11% polling as against 72.57% in the last general election. The common thread in all three seats is that members of JD(S) first family are in the fray . “In all three seats where Deve Gowda’s family is contesting, there is higher polling which means there is a wave either for or against,” felt political analyst and researcher Prof Narendar Pani. P6 Modi: State will see change after May 23 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bagalkot\Chikkodi THIS was a big hint from none other than the Prime Minister himself. “A big change will happen in state politics after May 23. The alliance government will come under immense pressure as soon as BJP gains a majority in the Lok Sabha polls,” claimed Narendra Modi while addressing a huge gathering in Bagalkot on Thursday even as 14 Lok Sabha seats in the southern parts of the state were voting. The PM seemed to be echoing the statements of his party national president Amit Shah and state chief B S Yeddyurappa, who P5 had said the coalition will collapse. Anxiety over stuck Jet Airways refunds E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Jet crisis has not only spoilt the travel plans of flyers, it has also caused anxiety with money stuck in refunds, which may take weeks, if not months, to come by . “The suspension of operations of Jet Airways has caused a lot of grievance to their staffers, customers, creditors as well as ticketing agents like us,” a spokesperson for travel portal MakeMyTrip.com said, adding they would process the refund as and when they receive money from the airline. Though travel portals maintain the wait window for refunds may be up to 40 days, most industry executives doubt an early resolution. P13
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